Unedited color footage tentatively dated 1935, the dates of the University Museum excavations of Tell Billa (the ancient city of Shibaniba) Iraq, with the American Schools of Oriental Research, were 1930–1932, 1936–1937.
(Right side of frame soft in focus, possibly mis-registered in camera.)
Evening or underexposed footage of digging
Men arriving at site with bags across shoulders.
Continuous dumping dug out sand and soil at pit offsite.
The site with pits and a building structure emerging.
Many shots demonstrating the large scale of the work, many workers and labor intensive process to remove sand and debris.
Child as seen in F16-0555 pointing out an architectural element.
Using a land camera to take still photographs of the site. (Female member of party, to be identified).
The lady of the party closing the land camera.
More photography, this time by a man of the party, (to be identified)
Arranging vases and bowls found at the site in a cupboard indoors.
Various artifacts, finds of the site on a table being displayed.
Setting up finds for photography outdoors in a courtyard.
Sign says TB. Level IV
Iraqi official and archaeologist joke about artifacts, especially a sculpture being photographed.